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Alicia Vikander on Her Muscles: “Bulking up quite a lot at first and then trying to just, like, tone down”

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On building muscles for Tomb Raider:

“I love big popcorn movies. I’ve never done action scenes on this level—not even close. It feels like I’m back to dancing—the training, the intensity. You need to be aware of your movement up in the wires and how your body works… [I spent a lot of time] bulking up quite a lot at first and then trying to just, like, tone down. I’ve never been able to lift my own weight, and the day when you have that capacity, it’s pretty empowering! And you get the endorphins afterward.”

… says 28 year-old Alicia.

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Annie
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Annie

I’m honestly not the biggest fan of her current shape because it looks too masculine for my personal(!) taste but it’s pretty cool to see a woman train hard for an action role and I think it’s going to make her character more believable.

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peegee

Interestingly there was quite a lot of criticism for her casting because of her physique although Angelina isn’t typically athletic looking or strong either. Would be interesting to have a post comparing how other women have also transformed for other roles. My personal favourite goes back to Laura Hamilton in Terminator 2.

Tiina
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Tiina

I think the criticism was mainly because she’s a tiny, tiny person. She’s listed as 5’5″ but is probably even shorter and on top of that she’s extremely petite. Compared to her Angelina is statuesque, so in a way I get people scratching their heads over her being cast as an action star.

MichelleM.
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MichelleM.

angelina was not scrawny in tomb raider. and more importantly she was a bad b with a strong personality.

Jason
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Jason

I think Angelina was cast in 2000, before most people had a strong social media voice. The public was a lot less vocal about poor casting choices. I think if she were cast today, it could be a different story.

Jason
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Jason

Hamilton in T2 went Beast mode. I totally forgot about that. She’s awesome.

A little movie trivia, Hamilton said she wanted to train so hard for T2 until her back looked as good as Madonnas in the end of the Vogue video.

MichelleM.
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MichelleM.

madonna is an exercise maniac and control freak lol

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Alyssa Mohino

Maybe, but in the early 90 blonde ambition tour her body was untouchable, on par with supermodels. I miss 90s bodies/models

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Other than her abs which are obviously defined, she just looks skinny. She looks like she has low body fat, but not a ton of muscle development because this takes a ton of time and heavy lifting and eating to grow your muscles (aka a caloric surplus).

She does have nice abs, though. But let’s be realistic. She’s “Hollywood strong” aka she works out to look slim on camera because she’s there to be a sexy action figure, not look like an athlete.

Naomi C.
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Naomi C.
Exactly. I think she looks great but it’s not that hard to have defined abs when your body fat percentage is very low. And as you, she doesn’t look like someone who has been bulking but more like someone who started lifting while cutting calories in order to get the definition. Had she been bulking for real, she’d look bigger than this. But I’ve always liked her. I met her on set in Copenhagen while she was filming The Danish Girl and I remember she looked SO tiny next to me (I’m 5’7!). And she is really beautiful in real… Read more »
Gwen
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Gwen

Why do people keep saying this when it simply isn’t true. Even if your body fat % is low (for a woman if you have 15-20% body fat % you are in the top athelete bracket) you have to work really hard for defined abs. I know because i’m very skinny with a BF% of 16-18% and i’m working hard for my abs. They’re peeking through but barely. You can be very skinny with a low BF % and not have abs. Everyone works for abs.

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being skinny does not equal having low body fat %. you can be skinny without very low bf, and not skinny at all with low bf, depending on the muscle you carry. also many measuring techniques underestimate, so if you got that number from a measurement at home your actual % is probably a few points higher. if your bf is truly as low as Alicia’s here and you lose fat from your stomach (ie its not the last place that holds on) and you have a base level of fitness you will have abs. so either your bf isn’t… Read more »
Tiina
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Tiina

I think bulking is the wrong word for it, but in terms of muscle her back and legs, especially calves, are impressive in those bikini pictures (not the one above, but the ones where she dives and gets out of the water). You don’t get legs or back like that just by having low body fat. It’s not heavy lifting / bulking kind of musculature, but definitely the kind that requires you to be fit and capable. She looks like a ballet dancer or something like that to my eye.

Annie
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Annie

I loved Gina Carano in Deadpool but heard quite a few complaints about her looking “too massive” for the big screen, so I guess that’s one reason why Hollywood didn’t want her to do an actual bulk phase. Hopefully that will change as time goes on but for now, we have to accept the baby steps, I guess.

Jason
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Jason

I’m a huge Gina Carano fan. That fight scene with Michael Fassbender in Haywire is one of the most realistic ever. That push kick through the door…insane. I think Carano would have made a great action actor for Tomb Raider, but she just doesn’t have the acting chops to base a whole franchise on.

ule
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I just googled her, have never seen her movies. That’s how I imagine a strong heroine (breasts only mandatory in Hollywood *rolls eyes*).

MichelleM.
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MichelleM.

she’s pretty but you need a more feminine shape to pull off muscles. she already has wide shoulders and no hips, the muscles accentuate that.

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Alyssa Mohino

so if someone didn’t have a “feminine” shape, what should they do then? Be overweight? Be underweight?
Muscles look great on any type of body shape!

MichelleM.
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MichelleM.

just be a toned normal weight, not too lean!

Outta
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Outta

She dates the hottest men!! Fassbender now and before that Skarsgard … good for her!

Snugglepup
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Snugglepup

Wow, insane abs. Those must be super hard to maintain, kudos to her. Personally I like strong yet feminine bodies, she’s a bit too lean atm imo.

JENA
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JENA

SORRY TO SAY THIS BUT I DON’T FIND HER BEAUTIFULL, SEXY OR APPEALING IN ANY WAY. SHE LOOKS BORING. SHE HAS AN OSCAR BUT THAT’S IT. SHE’S NOT ACTION STAR MATERIAL. I JUST CAN PICTURE ANYBODY OBSESSING AND FANTASIZING OVER HER JUST LIKE IN THE VIDEO GAMES. SHE’S JUST PLAIN.

MichelleM.
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MichelleM.

Honey we are on the same pagel. The oscars mean nothing now. They used to mean Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 or Marlene Dietrich. Now its pretty much the award for most boring actress of the year. This woman has nothing on Angelina Jolie. Angelina may be a stick but she would break this bytch in half

jjj2
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jjj2

She is such a Beauty! I think she looks amazing, good for her!

polly
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polly

I cannot understand her appeal, she looks so incredibly plain and boring to me. Nice boyfriend, though :-p

Debbs
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Debbs

She is so beautiful.

CarrieD
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CarrieD

No one will see this,but I understand the outrage. I’ve had enough of sexist dudes saying “I could break any woman in half”, I don’t want to prove them right. She doesn’t need to look like Brooke Hogan but she does NOT look like Lara to me. At all. I want a strong, athletic woman. She’s a stick thin woman with abs (and I do find her gorgeous, so that’s not my problem at all). But why not cast a REALLY fit/strong woman? There are a lot of those who are not overweight and still aesthetically pleasing, you know??

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